London Attractions

London offers visitors a range of attractions that few cities in the world can match. There are a huge number of attractions in London for visitors to see and explore from the historic to the contemporary, from the world famous to the low profile. The size and scale of the capital means there plenty of things to see in London that will appeal to all tastes with a range of museums, galleries, historic buildings, house and monuments, royal palaces, city parks and parkland, sporting attractions, west end theatre, concerts, events and much more.

We have outlined a number of interesting London attractions and places to visit in London, these include:

Westminster in central London is where visitors can find some of the most famous sights in London. Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Horse Guards Parade, Downing Street - the home of the prime minister are all located here. Westminster is home to famous parks including Green Park and St James’ Park providing a wonderful tranquil green area where visitors can enjoy a stroll in tranquil surroundings in the centre of the city.

Buckingham Palace is located in the area, the historic palace is one of the official residences of the queen. The impressive palace is among the most famous and recognisable palaces in the world and is firmly established as a favourite visitor attraction. There are tours available for visitors to see a number of areas inside the palace.

The West End area has plenty to offer visitors, with so much to see and do here. For those that enjoy shopping there are the famous shops of Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street including many famous department stores and designer boutiques. The West End is home to a wide selection of bars, pubs and restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets. The West End is for its theatres, playing host to a wide and diverse range of productions that will suit most tastes, good value tickets can sometimes be obtained on the day if you can be flexible on timings.

London is steeped in history going back centuries and has a number of World Heritage Sites these include the Tower of London a favourite among visitors. The historic fortress dates back many centuries having witnessed a number of historical events of great importance over the years. The tower is home to the famous crown jewels, a spectacular collection of treasures that have been worn by royalty over the centuries.

Westminster AbbeyWestminster Abbey is a World Heritage Site and is among the most famous of London’s many landmarks, it is well known as the coronation church and is the final resting place for several monarchs over the years. The history of the church goes back to the 10th century, it has been the venue of Royal weddings and houses a number of historic statues and monuments.

Whilst London has an impressive number of historic attractions, there are also contemporary attractions for visitors to see. Among the best known of the contemporary attractions is the London Eye, built for the millennium celebrations back in 2000. It has become a firm favourite among tourists, it is the number one paid for attraction in the capital. A trip on the London Eye takes approx 45 minutes and offers some truly stunning views of London and the surrounding areas, it is possible to see for many miles on a clear day.

The Madame Tussauds wax museum is an internationally renowned attraction that attracts a large number of visitors each day. The wax work figures are updated on an on going basis; there are figures from the ancient past all the way to contemporary figures. The wax work figures include well known people ranging from royalty to cultural and sporting icons. The Spirit of London offers visitors the chance to sit in an iconic famous black cab and take a trip in to 400 years of London life and sounds.

A favourite tourist spot is Trafalgar Square famous for Nelson's Column and the pigeons seen there. Trafalgar Square is among the most famous open spaces in London, the Grade I listed Nelson’s Column is made from granite and bronze and there are a number of other statues in the area and the famous fountains for visitors to see. The Fourth Plinth is located in the north west of the square and includes specially commissioned artworks.

Covent Garden is located in the eastern part of the West End, formally a covered flower market, is now made up of trendy, designer shops, bars and street side cafes making it one of the most desirable areas in London. The area includes the Royal Opera House, the building dates back to the 18th century; with the main auditorium a Grade I listed building. The Royal Opera House is an opera and arts venue with a number of productions throughout the year. The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is located in the area, the historic building is a Grade I listed building and currently hosts a number of musical productions each year.

The London Transport Museum is located in Covent Garden; the museum showcases the transport history and heritage of London. There are a number of exhibits that show the transport infrastructure of the years including a number of buses, trams and rail vehicles dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum provides visitors with a number of exhibitions and artefacts relating to the history of transport in the capital.

With so many things to see and do in London, getting around is very important. There are various options, a lot of London can be seen by foot so for those that like to explore there is the opportunity to see the great sights & sounds of London and keep fit! Seeing London by foot usually is combined with taking the Tube (Underground), the network is extensive especially in central London and a combination of Tube and walking will mean you can just about see everything there is to see. See public transport timetables for more information.

There are various ways to see the sights, the sightseeing bus tours where you can get off and on at various locations all over London is a great way to see the sights. All of the major tourist sights and attractions are covered and guided commentaries in various languages are available.

Given London has more than its fair share of world renowned sights and attractions it is well worth considering a London Pass. The pass entitles you to get free entry to 55 top London attractions. If you are a sightseeing fan then this represents great value for money, you also get discounts in shops, restaurants and entertainment places. See London Pass for more information.

The Great British Heritage Pass is equally worth considering, it allows you to see the many places of interest in the UK (including London). Including Castles, Gardens, Monuments & others. You can visit a total of 600 UK attractions for free with the Great British Heritage Pass.

For further information on a range of attractions and combining Short Breaks in London with visiting attractions please see: London Attractions Breaks

It is recommended that prior to coming to London; visitors do their research and ensure things like famous sights and attractions are actually open on the days you intend on coming. The transport is also worth checking as maintenance and engineering works can sometimes mean a restricted service on public transport. Overall London offers a great experience for the visitor that leaves many visitors coming back for more.

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